I didn't get much into the numbers of today's game in our game story, so I wanted to hit on some of those here.
First off, despite the run totals, Fort Wayne didn't do all that well with runners in scoring position. The 3-for-9 line by the TinCaps was better than in recent games, but not good enough.
Manager Jose Valentin has harped on that statistic throughout this season, and he said the team is getting "worse and worse" with players at second, third or both.
The bottom of the eighth inning was the best example. Fort Wayne had runners at first and second with one out when third baseman Chris Burke hit a ground rule double over the short wall by the TinCaps bullpen.
That hit scored one runner and moved men to second and third. With one out in that situation, a ground ball to the right side, slow roller to the left, deep fly or, preferably, a hit, would have scored at least one run.
But the next two batters struck out with the tying run on second in a 7-5 game. The line would stay that way, and Fort Wayne would go on to lose its fourth game in a row.
Portillo's exit concerns manager
Starting pitcher Adys Portillo came to Fort Wayne for a rehab stint after missing the season thus far with an injury.
Portillo had shown improvement during his first two starts for the TinCaps. But today, after a 2-0 pitch to center fielder Connor Harrell, Portillo gripped his arm, and the training staff came out.
The pitcher exited after three innings of work, and after working his way back to playing form, could be looking at additional rehab time.
"It's sad to see a guy that's been through it and worked himself out to go back and pitch," Valentin said. "First time when we saw him in West Michigan, first outing for him, he was kind of struggling with his command, but then second outing he was a lot better. It looked like he was getting a lot better, stronger and stronger.
"But today, unfortunately for him, his pain came back. Hopefully it's something that's not serious. Maybe it can be the heat. Maybe tightness or dehydration, something like that. Hopefully that's the case."
There's no diagnosis for Portillo yet, but another setback would be costly for him and also affect the TinCaps starting rotation. Ruben Mejia, who just came off the disabled list for Fort Wayne, might move back in.
"It's sad to see a guy like him because he works hard," Valentin said of Portillo. "He works hard. He wants to get back on the mound, but you know, sometimes things happen. Now, he's just got to try to go up there and try to work himself back. Hopefully, he gets back soon enough."